In All It’s Glory.
On December 22nd 2014, Kelly and I became the new owners of a 1993 Pace Arrow by Fleetwood. According to Fleetwood, this model is “the leading edge of refinement”.
After a very thorough scouring of internet listings across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, Kelly and I found our new home. You can see the final stages of decision-making process here, and more details of the whole process here. Interestingly, the unit we ended up with was at the bottom of our “tier list”, mainly owing to the fact that it’s “profile pix” on RVTrader looked like crap.
We purchased the unit for $6500, which is $2000 below NADA book value. We were informed that the leveling jacks were not quite right, but beyond that the unit appeared to be in fantastic shape. Hat’s off to its previous owners for maintaining it immaculately. I’ve seen RVs half as old in twice as bad shape. Our intent was to spend $10k on the RV; coming in so far below budget has given us a huge amount of margin for upgrades and repairs.
So what have we done to the RV so far to make it ours? And perhaps more importantly, what has the RV insisted we do so that it will continue driving? Let’s review:
- Before we left, we put 8 new tires on this bad boy, at a cost of around $1200.
- We had a oil change and coolant flush, and had a mechanic generally look over the inner workings and declare it drive-able. This cost around $350.
- The jacks quit working entirely on week 4, but we have found we don’t much miss them and we don’t intend to repair them.
- Our first big and mean expense was the rear suspension going out, the story of that debacle is detailed here. This cost us over $3,000 all said and done (like I said, it was a mean one).
- We also got to experience the joys of a break line bursting apart mid-drive.
- After a year on the road, I got a complete overhaul of a lot of the major systems. Completely new brakes all around, new shocks, a new exhaust system, new fuel pump and new fuel pressure regulator which cost me EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS. It was horrible. And now the RV drives like new. So, whatever. This thing better have eternal life.
And now, for the fun part. I for one have always enjoyed sneaking a peak into other people’s homes. Our home is quite small, and sometimes cluttered, but I think it makes a nice cozy space. Here you can have a little glimpse into what the RV looks like day-to-day, with 2 adults, 2 cats and one goofy dog. You will notice animals in many of these pictures, and that is because they are everywhere, all the time, relentlessly bothering us in the sweetest and nicest way possible.
From the outside:
The kitchen area, looking back into the hall that leads to the bedroom.
What the kitchen looks like AFTER cooking…. (Yes somehow we manage to cook with this amount of counter space, don’t ask me how.)
The driver’s seat:
Control panel + windshield garden. Plants are often kept outside, but sometimes we will throw them on the dash as well.
Couch potatoes catching some basebell.
TV holder in the bedroom has been converted into a kitty cubby.
The couch I sit on when it is not occupied (which is rarely).
The bedroom in back.
Looking from the driver’s seat backwards.
More images in the gallery below as well!